So long, and thanks for all the fish

I had the best vacation of my life a week ago.

We took a family vacation to Arizona to visit my husband’s family. My daughter got to spend quality time with her extended family and I got to sleep in until 7 a.m. or later every day.

On the way there I finished Deep Work by Cal Newport. It wasn’t a great book and I don’t really recommend it, but it gave me the idea to shut off all social media while I was on the trip. I deleted Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, everything off my phone. For the first time in at least 10 years, I spent a week and a half away from the Internet.

I enjoyed my family. I watched movies. I read three books. I spent time in the desert.

More than five years ago, when I started this blog, it was a much much different time in my life. I was newly married, in my mid-20s, and staring down the nose at adulthood.

This post is goodbye. As the years have gone on, things have changed. While fitness will always be a presence and a habit in my life, it’s not the time in my life to write about it any more. There are a lot of great bloggers out there who can write about what it means to keep being fit, be a mom, and have a career; I encourage you to go read those women. The honest truth is that when I became a mother, my time became so much more precious. I can blog or I can run, but I can’t do both.

In the time since my last post, I’ve moved on from my day job at the Bangor Daily News, but I do still live in the Bangor area (while I work for a company based in New York City). I appreciate everything that writing on the Bangor Daily News platform has done for me and if you’re thinking about writing a blog about something that matters to Mainers, I’d wholeheartedly recommend writing for them.

Thank you all for sticking with me from the couch to the marathon to the delivery room and back again. If you want to keep in touch, you can still follow me on Twitter.

Thanks for the love, thanks for the support, but most of all, thanks for the company on the journey.




Pattie Reaves

About Pattie Reaves

I'm a new mom and renegade fitness blogger at After the Couch. I live in Brewer with my husband, Tony, our daughter Felicity, and our two pugs, Georgia and Scoop.